April 14th, 2008
05:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Pennsylvania crowd jeers Clinton attacks on Obama


Watch Clinton's comments Monday.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - On Monday, with the Pennsylvania primary just days away, Hillary Clinton continued to hammer Barack Obama over his comments that small town Americans "cling to guns or religion" because they are "bitter."

But the audience at a forum put on by the Alliance for American Manufacturing didn't appreciate her line of attack.

"I understand my opponent came this morning and spent a lot of his time attacking me," she said at the beginning of her remarks here.

Many in the crowd responded with audible groans, and a few shouted, "No!"

Obama spoke to the same forum earlier in the morning and ribbed Clinton for doing a shot of whiskey in front of TV cameras on Saturday in Indiana.

Clinton continued, "I know that many of you, like me, were disappointed by the recent remarks he made."

This time, a louder, sustained chorus of "No!" emanated from the audience. Clinton soldiered on.

"I am well aware that at a fundraiser in San Francisco he said some things that many people in Pennsylvania and beyond Pennsylvania have found offensive," she said.

This time, a smaller smattering of jeers.

It was only when Clinton concluded her opening remarks by attacking President Bush that she received a warm round of applause.

The Clinton campaign later said the disgruntled reaction to her remarks came from Obama supporters in attendance.

Several audience members told CNN after the speech they came to the forum to hear each candidate talk about trade issues, and were not interested in the political back-and-forth of the Democratic primary race.

When Clinton focused on policy and expounded on enforcing trade agreements, creating new jobs and standing up to China, she received some hearty ovations.

But despite Pittsburgh's working class reputation, it was at times a tough crowd for the New York senator.

As the question and answer session began, one man asked Clinton for assurances that American workers would not be "tricked" like they had been when her husband signed NAFTA in 1993.

A press release distributed to reporters by the Alliance for American Manufacturing calculated that Pennsylvania lost 44,173 jobs due to NAFTA between 1993 and 2004.

Clinton, who spent much of her speech attacking America's trade imbalance with China, responded by drawing a line in the sand between her policy positions and her husband's trade record.

"As smart as my husband is, he does make mistakes," Clinton quipped.

soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Wasn't Born Yesterday

    I saw the video on .......umm , on another News Media website. We will try to get it on You Tube and then I-Report it to CNN if they want it. It's funny. You should see it.

    April 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. hmm..

    I don't know what's worse..watching hillary or two girls one cup

    April 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. HP Boston

    We should ask John McCain if he is willing to take Barack as VP.

    April 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    I am laughing so hard, I can't breathe! Hillary only gets what she deserves! OBAMA '08!

    April 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. California girl

    Obama got caught behind closed doors with (his base) the rich and wealthy.

    Don't trust the man too errogant, cocky and unexperienced!

    Hillary all the way!

    April 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. gery

    Let's face it. This is a high school popularity contest and the high school kids are lifting Obama to be president.

    April 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Matt

    Last week CNN made a huge deal about an ARG poll showing Clinton and Obama tied in PA. ARG released another poll today (post Obama's bitter comment) showing Clinton with a 20 point lead in PA. Why no mention of that CNN?

    April 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. 18 Wheeler

    Run her over with a political Mack truck–vote for Barack.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. TR

    Hillary is a republican !

    April 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Fake People

    I guess the Clintons will be moving Bill's office out of Harlem, now. LOL

    April 14, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. California Dreamin'

    California girl,

    Take your meds, and go surfing.

    April 14, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. HP Boston

    Oh sure jeers and cheers all sound alike to boma people. they only know how to make one noise. Sad buch of koolaid junkies.

    April 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Brian

    I don't think Obama's remarks were elitest or to far from the truth. I live in central Illinois and I see it everywhere. It is refreshing to finally have a political leader who talks to us like adults and not in sound bytes.

    April 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Michael

    Hillary is down 10 points in today's gallup poll nationally.

    April 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. mary-NH

    About time she was boo'ed!!!

    April 14, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. J

    I'm sure these were Obama's supporters planted in

    April 14, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. ILoveAmerica

    Hillary thinks she can get people to believe anything, if she just keeps repeating it over and over. This didn't work very well with the Bosnia story, but she isn't about to change her ways.

    P.S. What could be more truly "elitist" than encouraging the 800 Democratic superdelegates to overturn the majority preference of tens of millions of American voters?

    April 14, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    So she is fighting China, what about the MONEY she and her husband are TAKING from China??? The same companies that bash free rights and push for trade are FINANCING the Clintons. Same as Columbia and the pharmaceutical companies have them in their pocket.

    April 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Eric phila pa

    I hope every voter in PA understand that the Clintons will do and say anything to win. One hundred million dollars in income and still they want more... Please vote next week like your life depends on it.... it does.

    April 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Obama/Edward

    People may be poor, but they are smart to understand your tactics
    Go home Hillary, you are hurting the party...

    April 14, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    Because one poll is not sufficient, Mr. Matt! Give me more references than just one, do an overall calculation and then it will give you an idea of how much Clinton has the lead! I'm sure she has the lead, but maybe not of 20 points....

    April 14, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. BarackObama

    Shame on you, Hillary Clinton. If you want to have a debate, let's have a debate. I'll see you in Penn.

    April 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Independent

    Matt...get a life

    April 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Carmen, NM

    The face that has united Democrats and Republicans.

    LOL, she'll raise a lot of money for Barack this month.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. demo crazy

    About time people stand up to the clinton liar machine............
    stand up stand up get up stand up for the truth,

    April 14, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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